U.S. Census Bureau
Table 14. Foreign-Born Population by Historical Section and Subsection of the United States: 1850 to 1990
  Source: U.S. Bureau of the Census
Internet Release date: March 9, 1999

(See text for sources, definitions, and explanations)

Historical section
and subsection 1/
Total North South West
Total Northeast North
Central
Total Southeast South
Central
(Region as currently
  defined) 1/
    (Northeast) (Midwest) (South)     (West)
FOREIGN-BORN
   POPULATION
               
   1990* 19,767,316 7,362,317 5,231,024 2,131,293 4,582,293 2,722,945 1,859,348 7,822,706
   1980* 14,079,906 6,620,113 4,505,923 2,114,190 2,894,757 1,728,917 1,165,840 4,565,036
   1970* 9,619,302 5,993,242 4,119,681 1,873,561 1,316,205 878,754 437,451 2,309,855
   1960* 9,738,143 6,851,702 4,574,743 2,276,959 962,920 550,426 412,494 1,923,521
   1950* 10,347,395 7,994,555 5,287,165 2,707,390 767,320 380,395 386,925 1,585,520
   1940 11,594,896 9,461,512 6,102,546 3,358,966 639,788 301,968 337,820 1,493,596
   1930 14,204,149 11,561,550 7,201,674 4,359,876 818,614 318,697 499,917 1,823,985
   1920 13,920,692 11,454,157 6,846,363 4,607,794 868,354 330,537 537,817 1,598,181
   1910 13,515,886 11,366,744 6,676,283 4,690,461 740,011 299,994 440,017 1,409,131
   1900 10,341,276 8,921,270 4,762,796 4,158,474 573,685 216,030 357,655 846,321
   1890 9,249,547 7,948,291 3,888,177 4,060,114 530,346 208,525 321,821 770,910
   1880 6,679,943 5,731,349 2,814,520 2,916,829 448,532 174,258 274,274 500,062
   1870 5,567,229 4,853,891 2,520,606 2,333,285 399,975 166,844 233,131 313,363
   1860 4,138,697 3,567,263 2,023,905 1,543,358 392,432 162,500 229,932 179,002
   1850 2,244,602 1,975,918 1,325,543 650,375 241,665 104,910 136,755 27,019
PERCENT
   DISTRIBUTION
               
   1990* 100.0 37.2 26.5 10.8 23.2 13.8 9.4 39.6
   1980* 100.0 47.0 32.0 15.0 20.6 12.3 8.3 32.4
   1970* 100.0 62.3 42.8 19.5 13.7 9.1 4.5 24.0
   1960* 100.0 70.4 47.0 23.4 9.9 5.7 4.2 19.8
   1950* 100.0 77.3 51.1 26.2 7.4 3.7 3.7 15.3
   1940 100.0 81.6 52.6 29.0 5.5 2.6 2.9 12.9
   1930 100.0 81.4 50.7 30.7 5.8 2.2 3.5 12.8
   1920 100.0 82.3 49.2 33.1 6.2 2.4 3.9 11.5
   1910 100.0 84.1 49.4 34.7 5.5 2.2 3.3 10.4
   1900 100.0 86.3 46.1 40.2 5.5 2.1 3.5 8.2
   1890 100.0 85.9 42.0 43.9 5.7 2.3 3.5 8.3
   1880 100.0 85.8 42.1 43.7 6.7 2.6 4.1 7.5
   1870 100.0 87.2 45.3 41.9 7.2 3.0 4.2 5.6
   1860 100.0 86.2 48.9 37.3 9.5 3.9 5.6 4.3
   1850 100.0 88.0 59.1 29.0 10.8 4.7 6.1 1.2

* Indicates sample data.
(X) Not applicable.
1/ See text for Table 14 concerning regions and historical sections and subsections. See Table 13 for states in each region, and in each historical section or subsection. The Southeast subsection corresponds to the South Atlantic division. The South Central subsection corresponds to the East South Central division and the West South Central division combined.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Population Division
Authors: Campbell Gibson and Emily Lennon
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